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International Beauty Websites That Ship To India

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Luxola: A new player in the beauty market, operating from SG, they stock some much in-demand products like TheBalm, Zoeva, Sigma and so on. Priced slightly higher, the cost includes Customs  and duty charges.

I recently bought TheBalm palette from their website, the mirror of which came broken. The Customer Care was super supportive, and they arranged for a return pick up at no extra cost.

They ship via Aramex and you can track your package. My packages usually reach India within 3-4 days.
Shipping Charges: Free above ₹3000. ₹1000 for anything below the cut-off

UPDATE: Luxola doesn't ship to India anymore :(


Beauty Bay: To be honest, I was slightly skeptical, the first time I shopped from them, as the online reviews were not so glorious. I had to trust the courier gods and shop, as UD was at  40% off. I bought the UD Naked Basics palette. I received my package in 20 days. Payment is in British Pounds. One negative point is the packaging. Though the product itself was bubble wrapped, the outer cover was torn and in poor condition.
Shipping Charges: INR 600 flat-rate for orders below INR 6000 via British Mail. Above 6000 INR, shipping is free.


UPDATE: Lost 2 packages. Had to a tough time getting the refund on the package 1, I got the refund for package 2 easily.

iHerb: I had my first tryst with international shopping on the iHerb website. They stock RT, and back in the time, they were the only source of RT brushes at affordable rates. I had to pay Customs duty the first time around ($10 for an item valued at $18). The next time, I didn't pay. The shipping is super fast, reaches India in 3 days flat and they ship via DHL. The shipping charges are close to $10. They always have some coupons that you can use so it would be a great idea if you can search online for a coupon code before making the purchase.
Shipping Charges: $10 for DHL (depends on weight)



BeautyJoint: One stop destination for US drug store products. They stock brands like NYC, ELF, Milani, LA Girl and so on. They ship via USPS, and I usually receive my packages in a month or so.
Shipping Charges: $5-6 for untracked standard shipping (depends on weight)



Makeup Geek: A favorite website to shop from, their brushes are to die for. Yes, especially, the face brush. I have shopped from their website twice, both times the items reached me in less than a month. The personalized custom message by MUG staff is a brilliant branding effort.
Shipping Charges: $8 for USPS



Real Techniques: RT products can be sourced from their mother site. The only issue is the wait time. I received my package after 1.5 months. I was scared, of all the horror stories I had heard of lost packages. I sent numerous emails to their customer care, without a reply. Finally, when I posted a complaint on their FB page, they deleted my comment !!!let's just say, I never shopped from them again.
Shipping Charges: $2 for standard shipping




Coastal Scents: I shopped from them a long time before, in 2014, during one of their sales. Took a month to receive the package via USPS. Coastal Scents sends generous samples. The shipping cost is towards the higher end, but if you can shop during the Sales, you can save money and the shipping cost doesn't tug your purse strings.
Shipping Charges: $16 for USPS standard shipping


Sleek MakeUP: I shopped from the once, only to have lost the package mysteriously. The Customer Care was extremely supportive and send in another package, and this time, a speedy one, at a different address based on my request. Kudos to them on customer service.
Shipping Charges: $3 for standard shipping


BH Cosmetics: Billed in US dollars, this website gives a lot of onus to customer satisfaction. I had ordered for a palette and a brush from them. I received the package in 20 days, but the cardboard package was empty. The contents must have slipped off from the package (talk about shoddy packaging). I send the images as proof to the customer care. They asked me if I would like a replacement. I received my replacement in again 20 days, but this time, one of the items were missing. I emailed the customer care and they were happy to refund the cost of that item.
Shipping Charges: $5 for standard shipping


Makeup Revolution: Billed in British Pounds, this is another website that gives lot of onus to customer satisfaction. I received my package in 15 days. Neatly packaged. I had to use PayPal for money transfer. Currently, they accept all credit and debit cards.
Shipping Charges: $12.30 for standard shipping


Cult Beauty: Another UK website that stocks Becca and ABH products. I purchased Becca products from them during their Anniversary promotions.  First-time customers will receive free shipping and if you complete a survey on their website, you will get a 10% off on your second purchase. I paid via PayPal and I received my products in 10 days as a registered post.
Shipping Charges: INR 600

Anastasia Beverly Hills: This famous US based brand provides 2-day priority shipping to international customers. The courier partner is FedEx and the courier reached me in 5 days. Payment is through Paypal or Credit Cards.
Shipping Charges: $18 Flat for FedEx priority shipping
Customs Duty: INR 2000 ($30) for $65 (exclusive of shipping) valued good/INR 1261 for $45 (exclusive of shipping) valued good.

Kylie Cosmetics: The 'K' brand offers shipping to India via USPS. I received my package in 15 days. Payment can be made via Paypal or Credit card.
Shipping Charges: $15 flat and free above $60.

Jeffree Star Cosmetics: Offers shipping to India through APC Postal Logistics. I received the package in 20days. When the package didn't arrive in 17 days, I send an email to info.apcpli@gmail.com requesting for information and they gladly gave me the tracking number. From there on the tracking process was easy-breezy. Wish they had given the tracking at the time of shipping itself. 
Shipping Charges: $11 and may vary based on package weight.

Colourpop: Shipping is via USPS and I received my package in 20 days. They do have free international shipping offers now and then. You can use credit card or Paypal.
Shipping Charges: For international orders below $50, the shipping cost is around $15. Above $50, the shipping is free.

Dose of Colors: Shipping is via Globegistics and I received my package in 10 days!!. You can use Paypal or credit card for the transaction.
Shipping Charges: $12 for orders below $50.

Notes
  • I am not affiliated to any of the above-mentioned sites.
  • The above mentioned are the international websites that I have shopped from, there may be others, like, Strawberrynet.in. I have not shopped from them personally, and hence not including them in the list.
  • All international purchases are made through my credit card.
  • I have not paid Customs duty on packages unless stated otherwise. For more information on Indian Customs Rules and Regulations, check out my post here.
  • All experience my own.
  • Packages shipped to Bangalore (India) or Kerala (India). Shipping time to other cities may vary.
  • Images captured for the corresponding websites' home screen.
Other Websites that Ship to India (that I haven't shopped from)


  • Tarte: Shipping is free above INR 5000, and below that value, the shipping charge is INR 1200.
  • Huda Beauty: Shipping is free above $75 and below that value, the shipping charge is $20.
  • Colored Raine: Shipping is around $9.

19 comments:

Priyanka Chopra said...

Nice information.

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Kim Hights said...

Is there any further reading you would recommend on this?

Kim
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prasiddha senthil kumar said...

Did u pay for customs when u ordered from makeup revolution? If so, how much ?

Thripti Aravind said...

No Prasiddha, I didn't pay any customs. Try to keep your order less than 30 dollars...

prasiddha senthil kumar said...
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prasiddha senthil kumar said...

Thank you Thripti :)

Abhishek Pandey said...

Nice List...

Fabolic said...

This is very informative article. This post is very useful for those who are looking online shopping site in india . Thank you so much for sharing us.

Sunny Joe said...

Even Ibhejo has a good collection of international beauty brands in india.
Must give it a try.

Sonia Bobby said...

Does ABH FED EX SHIPPING HAVE CUSTOMS DUTIES ADDITIONALLY,ON ORDERS BELOW 60 DOLLARS INCLUDING SHIPPING?

Thripti Aravind said...

@Sonia, unfortunately, Yes! The item is shipped to Bangalore, and Bangalore Customs will sure shot charge you Customs Duty!

Anonymous said...

Nice informative website(great)
I do have a query Thripti Aravind
For any website linked above has to pay customs for above $30 or €30?? As I have ordered from beautybay and tarte (around 72€ total n 5200 Rs/- total) so my custom charge was 3000 for both of the sites!! So I really want to shorten those custom can u suggest me how to do so? If i hv to busy ABH lip palette it's around $42 so is there any way to shorten customs?? Please help me !!! Thanku

Thripti Aravind said...

@Anonymous, 30$ is a basic thumb of rule. Tarte, ABH etc are shipped via FedEx or other carriers, and unfortunately, with the said value of goods, there is no way you can escape Customs duty. Beautybay, if you are lucky, you might not be charged as they are basically shipped via Royal Mail. If shopping from beauty bay, order in multiple shipments (shipping above INR 1400 is free anyways). This way you can avoid being charged, but again 72 Euro is a high valued good, according to Customs.

Rabiaslookbook , Rabia Khan said...

Hey, I'm dying to get my hands on the Morphe 35T eye shadow palate which hails for 1,856 Rs. I'm pretty confused as I have read their bad reviews, and will I be charged for the customs and duty? Please advice

Rabiaslookbook , Rabia Khan said...

It would be nice to know more from you :)

Thripti Aravind said...

@Rabia, chances are very less as the item is less than 2k. Do check out beautybay and Cultbeauty for more reliable shipping. FYI: Beautybay shipping is slow, but has a great refund policy.

Sonia said...

Thank you so much for this post and Their is PPOBOX here you can Estimate Shipping Charges from USA to India That more to find actual cost of product after Shipping.

Sheikh Hariya said...

Is thr custom charges if u order from cult beauty

Thripti said...

I have not received customs, but if you are from metro city, high chance that you would have to pay!

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